The Complicated Relationship Between Coffee and Teeth

If you are an avid coffee drinker, either just in the morning or throughout your entire day, then you have quite a bit to think about concerning your habit and your dental health. Reports are numerous that warn coffee drinkers of the dangers of daily coffee consumption; and yet, there are also many reports that suggest quite the opposite. To help clarify the debate about coffee and how it affects your health, your Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, briefly explore the good and bad consequences of your coffee habit.

The Good Times

Previously, coffee was believed to lead to, cause, or exacerbate a number of illnesses, including ulcers, bad nerves, and heart disease. One long-term study regarding coffee and heart health, which followed over 130,000 men and women, suggests that drinking one to three cups of coffee a day may actually lower your risk of heart disease and failure. The researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, believe that previous studies may not have accounted for other bad habits that were common among coffee drinkers, such as using and tobacco and not exercising. Research has also shown that, in moderate amounts, the antioxidants and antibacterial properties of coffee can help combat the harmful bacteria that accumulate in your mouth, and that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

The Bad Times

Even with the good news about coffee’s effect on your heart health, there is no denying the fact that coffee’s severely dark pigment can drastically stain your teeth over time. Try drinking through a straw to minimize coffee’s contact with your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day will help keep your tooth enamel strong, which can reduce coffee’s ability to permanently stain your teeth. If stains do get the best of your smile, ask Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron about our professional teeth-whitening options.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.